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Swiss Library Network for Education and Research

Mission and tasks

The Swiss Library Network for Education and Research (SLiNER) represents all academic and scientific libraries (universities, universities of applied sciences and arts, universities of teacher education and other scientific libraries). As a broad-based expert committee that is complementary to other bodies and networks, in particular the "Open Science" programme, SLiNER is available to swissuniversities as a central contact for all questions and activities related to the topic of scientific information. SLiNER promotes networking and cooperation between experts in the field of scientific information and the scientific library system, bundles the international cooperation and draws up position papers and reports for the members of SLiNER and swissuniversities. SLiNER deploys working groups on individual topics (such as the Open Access working group) and supervises the Consortium of Swiss University Libraries in its capacity as the Board of Members.

SLiNER is made up of 43 academic libraries in Switzerland and was founded on 4 April 2019 as the follow-up committee to the Conference of Swiss University Libraries (KUB), the "Libraries" working group of the swissuniversities Chamber of Universities of Teacher Education and – after a transition period – the "Library" expert group of the Chamber of Universities of Applied Sciences and Arts.

The Board

  • Christian Oesterheld, Director Central Library Zurich (President)
  • Gabriela Lüthi, Director University Library ZHAW (Vice-President)
  • Angélique Boschung, Director Bibliothèque cantonale et universitaire de Fribourg
  • Sonia Abun-Nasr, Director University Library Bern
  • Marie Fuselier, Director de la division de l'information scientifique de l'Université de Genève
  • Wilfried Lochbühler, Deputy Director University Library Zurich
  • Florian Steffen, Head of Libraries Bern University of Applied Sciences
  • Sabine Wahrenberger, Head of Didactic Centre PH Schaffhausen
  • August Scherer-Hug, Head of Media Network PH St. Gallen


  • Consortium: Wilfried Lochbühler, August Scherer-Hug
  • Open Access/Open Science: Sonia Abun-Nasr, Marie Fuselier, Gabriela Lüthi
  • Contract Negotiations Big Deals: Wilfried Lochbühler
  • Standardisation: Christian Oesterheld
  • Electronic Teaching and Learning Resources: Florian Steffen, Sabine Wahrenberger
  • KPA/LOCCKS Private Network: Christian Oesterheld, Wilfried Lochbühler
  • Communications: Angélique Boschung, Christian Oesterheld
  • Relations with other institutions: Angélique Boschung, Gabriela Lüthi (for Bibliosuisse), August Scherer-Hug
  • Agility in libraries - new forms of work: Florian Steffen, Sabine Wahrenberger